Jesus College is a place for more than just postgraduate students. A fair number of students are here on a visiting basis or have brought families or partners with them.
If you have arrived with your family, you are welcome to inform the welfare officers who can assist you to get in touch with crèches, schools, baby-sitters and childminders.
Vanessa Bowman, the Graduate Administrator, is the College’s childcare contact; she moderates a student families list, and any student with children can ask to be added (email firstname.lastname@example.org). Some events for Fellows and their families are organised by the College throughout the year, and postgraduate families are invited to many of them.
MCR members have in the past been able to register partners to allow them to use the gym, attend Formal Halls, etc; in the light of coronavirus restrictions, the College is currently reviewing this (along with its visitor policy).
The Childcare Office at the University operates a central fund for bursaries for assistance with unforeseen childcare costs for pre-school children and after-school care. They also have lots of useful information on childcare for children of University staff and students. The Graduate Union also offers advice and events. A good source for finding children’s activities throughout the city is the Student Parent e-mail list run by the University’s Childcare Office (e-mail childcare@ admin.cam.ac.uk to join).
The Graduate Union arranges a free coffee morning for parents and toddlers every Friday morning (both during term and out of term) from 10.00am – 12.30pm at the University Centre. The GU lounge (Mill Lane) is child friendly and there are toys available if mums/dads want to take a coffee or lunch break, or simply relax in the lounge. There are toys for young children, space to play, and free coffee/tea/juice and biscuits and it is a great opportunity to meet other parent-students and children. The usual age range is babies to under-5s, but there is no age restriction. Arts and crafts and song time are regularly arranged by a parent or families officer. The GU also organises special families’ events throughout the year. In particular Halloween and Christmas celebrations, outings, picnics are quite popular. You can subscribe to the e-mail list of student parents by sending a message to email@example.com, or contact the Graduate Union Families Officer for more information.
The Newcomers’ Group is run by volunteers, who organise Coffee Mornings during term time at the University Centre (Grad Pad), for the families of those attached to the University. Children are welcome and toys are provided. They have a friendly neighbourhood scheme to welcome new families to Cambridge and introduce them to others at the Coffee Mornings. There is also a new ‘moving sales’ section on their webpage, where you can advertise items for sale and look for items you need to buy.
Of course, all members of your family are very welcome to attend MCR events. Some events are particularly child friendly. There will also be other events throughout the year, so look to the MCR bulletin for information on upcoming events.